The D.C. Housing Authority selected a team today to redevelop Barry Farm, the public housing complex near Anacostia that’s set to become a mixed-income community. The chosen team consists of nonprofit developer Preservation of Affordable Housing and Baltimore-based A&R Development, Jonathan O’Connell reports.
The developers have their work cut out for them. A community meeting last month for interested developers to present their plans to residents was called off after angry protesters—-including some nonresidents led by the group Empower D.C.—-shouted and chanted to prevent the developers from speaking. A second meeting had to be held privately.
The move to redevelop Barry Farm is part of a broader program to replace the concentrated poverty of low-income housing complexes across the city with mixed-income neighborhoods that include a one-to-one replacement of the subsidized housing units. The Housing Authority has received a Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to plan the Barry Farm overhaul, and plans to apply for a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant to help fund the project.